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11th Oct 2018

Khabib Nurmagomedov threatens to quit the UFC if they punish his teammate for post-fight brawl

Rudi Kinsella

Khabib Nurmagomedov

Strong words.

Khabib Nurmagomedov has threatened to quit the UFC if his teammate is fired following the brawl that took place after UFC 229.

His teammate, Zubaira Tukhugov, was one of the fighters who attacked Conor McGregor after the fight in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Khabib has since posted a message on his Instagram page voicing his complaints with the UFC, and the way they have handled the situation so far.

He said: “Why didn’t you fire anyone when their team attacked the bus and injured a couple of people? They could have killed someone there, why no one says anything about insulting my homeland, religion, nation, family?

“Why do you have to punish my team, when both teams fought. If you say that I started it, then I do not agree, I finished what he had started.

“In any case, punish me, Zubaira Tukhugov has nothing to do with that.”

He then put the blame on Conor McGregor for the brawl, saying: “If you think that I’ll keep silent then you are mistaken. You canceled Zubaira’s fight and you want to dismiss him just because he hit Conor. But don’t forget that it was Conor who had hit my other Brother FIRST, just check the video.”

He then vowed to quit if his brother was fired, and explained that he didn’t care about whether or not he was paid: “If you decide to fire him, you should know that you’ll lose me too.

“We never give up on our brothers in Russia and I will go to the end for my Brother. If you still decide to fire him, don’t forget to send me my broken contract, otherwise I’ll break it myself.

“And one more thing, you can keep my money that you are withholding. You are pretty busy with that, I hope it won’t get stuck in your throat. We have defended our honor and this is the most important thing. We intend to go to the end.”

The controversy goes on…

You can see the post in full on Khabib’s Instagram here.